Have a spook-tacular October

Have a spook-tacular October

Start carving those jack-o-lanterns, decorating with spiders and brushing up on your knowledge of the undead - it's time for Halloween.

But while it ends on a sugar high of tricks and treats, October isn't all about the candy.

This month boasts plenty of ghost and ghoul-inspired activities sure to provide you with a spooky fix.

* Brave Blackstone's Massacre Fields, 65 Milk St., if you dare, for a haunted outdoor event that doubles as an evening of frightful fun and a fundraiser for Boston Children's Hospital.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 11 p.m., every Friday and Saturday night in October will feature Halloween events at the transformed Wojcik's Farm, which offers family-friendly hay rides and a corn maze by day.

By night, it is taken over by Halloween aficionados Mike Bundy and Tony Paille, who said, "We strive to make it as scary as possible."

Patrons can expect to be chased around by costumed creatures wearing chain saws, with every corner featuring a scary scene. All are welcome to attend, and encouraged to wear sneakers and clothes that can withstand some dirt, but parents are advised to leave young children at home.

"The haunt is pretty intense," Paille said. "Halloween is all about being scared and we do our fair share of it."

Cost to walk through Massacre Fields is $15, cash only. A portion of sales benefit the hospital, where Bundy's first child received emergency care as a newborn.

Visit www.massacrefields.com for more information.

* Find out if you have what it takes to handle the spirits lurking around a 200-year-old mill in Pawtucket.

Mill & Mysteries Ghost Tours will be held at Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelet Ave., at 8 p.m. on the following nights: Friday, Oct. 11; Friday, Oct. 18; Saturday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 25; Saturday, Oct. 26; Thursday, Oct. 31; and Friday, Nov. 1.

* The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Division presents "Fright Night in the Park" at Slater Memorial Park. The Halloween festivities take place on Friday and Saturday evenings, and run Oct. 4-Oct. 26, with the exception of inclement weather.

The Haunted Tunnel attraction will take place at the Daggett Farm facility in the Park. The tunnel opens at 6:30 and closes by 9 p.m. Early arrival is strongly suggested. The cost for the Tunnel is $5 per person. Because of its scary content, the Tunnel is recommended for ages 10 and above only.

Adjacent to the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and Looff Carousel are the family-friendly attractions Halloweenland and The Woods, geared for younger children, attractions consist of imitation jack o'lanterns, a witch's house, a variety of funny face houses along with some bewitching extras and run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission into Halloweenland is $4 and The Woods is $ 5 per person.

For more information, call the Pawtucket Parks & Recreation office at 401-728-0500, ext. 251.

* Is the Cumberland Monastery really haunted? Head over to the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. and see if the rumors are true.

The Rhode Island Paranormal Research Group and Society, the oldest continuously active paranormal research and investigation organization in New England, has been investigating paranormal phenomena for more than 30 years. The group will discuss its most interesting cases, as well as the results of the Monastery investigation.

Space is limited for this free event. Call 401-333-2552, email melissa@cumberlandlibrary.org or stop by the reference desk to reserve a spot.

* Take in a show on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m., when The Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square in Woonsocket, presents the 1923 silent movie classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" accompanied by the theater's restored Wurlitzer Organ.

Movie buffs and families looking for a different kind of Halloween activity will all find something to enjoy.

The film, which set the standard for future historical epics, still impresses audiences 90 years after it was released. The circa-1926 organ will score the film just as it would have when it premiered.

It made a star out of lead Lon Chaney, "the man with 1,000 faces," who in 1920 started lobbying for the film to be made based on the tale by Victor Hugo.

Chaney plays Quasimodo, a deformed bellringer who falls in love with Esmeralda, a doomed gypsy girl. The role required three hours of make-up application a day and a 20-pound plaster hump to be worn on his back.

The film set itself spanned 19 acres and was worked on by 750 crew members and more than 2,000 extras. The night scenes took two months to film and still hold the record for the highest number of electricians ever employed on one film.

Admission to the show is $10. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office, online at www.stadiumtheatre.com or by calling 401-762-4545.

* The 12th annual Haunted Hill is held from dusk to 10 p.m., every Friday and Saturday night until Halloween at Diamond Hill Park, 4092 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. It will also be open on Sundays during Columbus Day weekend and Oct. 27. Cost is $15. Visit www.hauntedhill.net .

* Want a Halloween activity for the kids without the terror? Check out the Mother Nature's Halloween Hike, hosted by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Ave., in Seekonk, Mass.

Bundle up and rustle through the leaves on a guided fright-free, lantern-lit hike through the forest. Families, with children ages 3 and up, encounter friendly costumed woodland creatures that explore the myths and legends associated with area wildlife and Halloween.

Kids can also take part in games, crafts and activities before or after the walk. The evening ends with a sing-along around the campfire. Complimentary hot cocoa and treats will be served.

If it rains, families will meet the characters in the big barn.

Cost is $8 per Audubon member, and $12 for non members. Family four-packs are available for $28 for Audubon members, and $36 for non members.

Walks begin at 5:30 p.m., with groups of 15 leaving every 10 minutes. Registration is required to reserve a time. Space is limited so visit www.asri.org to sign-up through the events calendar.